Amazon Aurora
User Guide for Aurora (API Version 2014-10-31)

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Using Database Activity Streams with Aurora PostgreSQL

Monitoring your database activity can help you provide safeguards for your database and meet compliance and regulatory requirements. One way of monitoring database activity with Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility is to use Database Activity Streams. Database Activity Streams provide a near real-time data stream of the database activity in your relational database. When you integrate Database Activity Streams with third-party monitoring tools, you can monitor and audit database activity.

Beyond external security threats, managed databases need to provide protection against insider risks from database administrators (DBAs). Database Activity Streams protect your databases from internal threats by controlling DBA access to the Database Activity Streams. Thus, the collection, transmission, storage, and subsequent processing of the stream of database activity is beyond the access of the DBAs that manage the database.

A stream of database activity is pushed from Aurora PostgreSQL to an Amazon Kinesis data stream that is created on behalf of your database. From Kinesis, the activity stream can then be consumed by Amazon CloudWatch or by applications for compliance management. These compliance applications include Imperva's SecureSphere Database Audit and Protection, McAfee's Data Center Security Suite, or IBM's Infosphere Guardium. These applications can use the activity stream information to generate alerts and provide auditing of all activity on your Amazon Aurora databases.

Database Activity Streams have the following limits and requirements:

  • Currently, these streams are supported only with Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility version 2.3, which is compatible with PostgreSQL version 10.7.

  • Database Activity Streams support the DB instance classes listed for Aurora PostgreSQL in Hardware Specifications for All Available DB Instance Classes for Aurora, except they don't support the t3.medium instance class.

  • They're not supported in the following AWS Regions:

    • China (Beijing) Region, cn-north-1

    • China (Ningxia) Region, cn-northwest-1

    • AWS GovCloud (US-East), us-gov-east-1

    • AWS GovCloud (US-West), us-gov-west-1

  • They require use of AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) because the activity streams are always encrypted.

Starting an Activity Stream

You start an activity stream at the DB cluster level to monitor database activity for all DB instances of the cluster. Any DB instances added to the cluster are also automatically monitored.

When you start an activity stream, each database activity event, such as a change or access, generates an activity stream event. Access events are generated from SQL commands such as CONNECT and SELECT. Change events are generated from SQL commands such as CREATE and INSERT. To make each activity stream event durable, you encrypt and store it. You can choose to have the database session handle database activity events either synchronously or asynchronously:

  • Synchronous mode – In synchronous mode, when a database session generates an activity stream event, the session blocks until the event is made durable. If the event can't be made durable for some reason, the database session returns to normal activities. However, an RDS event is sent indicating that activity stream records might be lost for some time. A second RDS event is sent after the system is back to a healthy state.

    The synchronous mode favors the accuracy of the activity stream over database performance.

  • Asynchronous mode – In asynchronous mode, when a database session generates an activity stream event, the session returns to normal activities immediately. In the background, the activity stream event is made a durable record. If an error occurs in the background task, an RDS event is sent. This event indicates the beginning and end of any time windows where activity stream event records might have been lost.

    Asynchronous mode favors database performance over the accuracy of the activity stream.


To start an activity stream

  1. Open the Amazon RDS console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Databases.

  3. Choose the DB cluster that you want to use.

  4. For Actions, choose Start activity stream. The Database Activity Stream window appears.

  5. Enter the following settings in the Database Activity Stream window:

    • For Master key, choose a key from the list of AWS KMS keys.

      The master key is used to encrypt the key that in turn encrypts the database activity logged. You must choose a master key other than the default key. For more information about encryption keys and AWS KMS, see What is AWS Key Management Service? in the AWS Key Management Service Developer Guide.

    • For Database activity stream mode, choose Asynchronous or Synchronous.

    • Choose Apply immediately.

      If you choose Schedule for the next maintenance window, the database doesn't restart right away. Instead, it remains in the PENDING REBOOT state. In this case, the database activity stream will not start until either the next maintenance window or a manual restart.

    When you're done entering settings, choose Continue.

    The cluster's DB instance status shows that the database activity stream is being configured.


To start Database Activity Streams for a DB cluster, configure the DB cluster using the start-activity-stream AWS CLI command. Identify the AWS Region for the DB cluster with the --region parameter. The --apply-immediately parameter is optional.

For Linux, OS X, or Unix:

aws rds --region us-west-2 \ start-activity-stream \ --mode sync \ --kms-key-id MY_KMS_KEY_ARN \ --resource-arn MY_CLUSTER_ARN \ --apply-immediately \ --profile MY_PROFILE_CREDENTIALS

For Windows:

aws rds --region us-west-2 ^ start-activity-stream ^ --mode sync ^ --kms-key-id MY_KMS_KEY_ARN ^ --resource-arn MY_CLUSTER_ARN ^ --apply-immediately ^ --profile MY_PROFILE_CREDENTIALS

Getting the Status of an Activity Stream

You can get the status of an activity stream using the console or AWS CLI.


To get the status of a DB cluster's activity stream

  1. Open the Amazon RDS console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Databases, and then choose the DB cluster.

  3. Choose the Configuration tab and check Database activity stream for status.


You can get a DB cluster's activity stream configuration as the response to a describe-db-clusters CLI request. In the following example, see the values for ActivityStreamKinesisStreamName, ActivityStreamStatus, ActivityStreamKmsKeyId, and ActivityStreamMode.

The request is as follows:

aws rds --region us-west-2 describe-db-clusters --db-cluster-identifier my-cluster --profile MY_PROFILE_CREDENTIALS

The response includes the following items for a database activity stream:

{ "DBClusters": [ { "DBClusterIdentifier": "my-cluster", . . . "ActivityStreamKinesisStreamName": "aws-rds-das-cluster-A6TSYXITZCZXJHIRVFUBZ5LTWY", "ActivityStreamStatus": "starting", "ActivityStreamKmsKeyId": "12345678-abcd-efgh-ijkl-bd041f170262", "ActivityStreamMode": "sync", "DbClusterResourceId": "cluster-ABCD123456" . . . } ] }

Stopping an Activity Stream

You can stop an activity stream using the console or AWS CLI.

Note, if you delete a DB cluster, the activity stream is stopped automatically.


To turn off an activity stream

  1. Open the Amazon RDS console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Databases.

  3. Choose the DB cluster that you want to stop the database activity stream for.

  4. For Actions, choose Stop activity stream. The Database Activity Stream window appears.

    1. Choose Apply immediately.

      If you choose Schedule for the next maintenance window, the database doesn't restart right away. Instead, it remains in the PENDING REBOOT state. In this case, the data activity stream is not disabled until either the next maintenance window or a manual restart.

    2. Choose Continue.


To stop Database Activity Streams for a DB cluster, configure the DB cluster using the AWS CLI command stop-activity-stream. Identify the AWS Region for the DB cluster using the --region parameter. The --apply-immediately parameter is optional.

For Linux, OS X, or Unix:

aws rds --region us-west-2 \ stop-activity-stream \ --resource-arn MY_CLUSTER_ARN \ --apply-immediately \ --profile MY_PROFILE_CREDENTIALS

For Windows:

aws rds --region us-west-2 ^ stop-activity-stream ^ --resource-arn MY_CLUSTER_ARN ^ --apply-immediately ^ --profile MY_PROFILE_CREDENTIALS

Monitoring Database Activity Streams

Database Activity Streams monitor and report all activities on the database. The stream of activity is collected and transmitted to a secure server by using Amazon Kinesis. From Kinesis, the activity stream can be monitored or later consumed by other services and applications for further analysis.

The following categories of activity are monitored and put in the activity stream audit log:

  • SQL commands – All SQL commands are audited, and also prepared statements, PostgreSQL functions, and functions in Procedural Language for SQL (PL/SQL).

  • Other database information – Activity monitored includes the full SQL statement, parameters, bind variables, the row count of affected rows from DML commands, accessed objects, and the unique database name.

  • Connection information – Activity monitored includes session and network information, the server process ID, and exit codes.

If an activity stream has a failure while monitoring a DB instance, you are notified by using RDS events. If a failure occurs, you can decide to shut down the DB instance or let it continue.

Accessing an Activity Stream from Kinesis

When you enable an activity streams for a DB cluster, a Kinesis stream is created for you. From Kinesis, you can monitor your database activity in real time. To further analyze database activity, you can connect your Kinesis stream to consumer applications such as Amazon CloudWatch. You can also connect it to compliance management applications from Imperva, McAfee, or IBM.

To access an activity stream from Kinesis

  1. Open the Kinesis console at

  2. Choose your activity stream from the list of Kinesis streams.

    An activity stream's name includes the prefix aws-rds-das- followed by the DB cluster's resource ID. The following is an example.


    To use the Amazon RDS console to find your DB cluster's resource ID, choose your DB cluster from the list of databases, and then choose the Configuration tab.

    To use the AWS CLI to find the full Kinesis stream name for an activity stream, use a describe-db-clusters CLI request and note the value of DBActivityStreamKinesisStreamName in the response.

  3. Choose Monitoring to begin observing the database activity.

For more information about using Amazon Kinesis, see What Is Amazon Kinesis Data Streams?.

Audit Log Contents and Examples

The database activity events that are monitored are represented in the Kinesis activity stream as JSON strings. The structure consists of a JSON object containing a DatabaseActivityMonitoringRecord, which in turn contains a databaseActivityEventList array of activity events.

Audit Log Examples

Following are sample decrypted JSON audit logs of activity event records.

Example Activity Event Record of a CONNECT SQL Statement

Following is an activity event record of a login with the use of a CONNECT SQL statement (command) by a psql client (clientApplication).

{ "type":"DatabaseActivityMonitoringRecord", "clusterId":"cluster-4HNY5V4RRNPKKYB7ICFKE5JBQQ", "instanceId":"db-FZJTMYKCXQBUUZ6VLU7NW3ITCM", "databaseActivityEventList":[ { "logTime": "2019-05-23 01:31:28.610198+00", "statementId": 1, "substatementId": 1, "objectType": null, "command": "CONNECT", "objectName": null, "databaseName": "postgres", "dbUserName": "rdsadmin", "remoteHost": "", "remotePort": "49804", "sessionId": "5ce5f7f0.474b", "rowCount": null, "commandText": null, "paramList": [], "pid": 18251, "clientApplication": "psql", "exitCode": null, "class": "MISC", "serverVersion": "2.3.1", "serverType": "PostgreSQL", "serviceName": "Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL-Compatible edition", "serverHost": "", "netProtocol": "TCP", "dbProtocol": "Postgres 3.0", "type": "record" } ] }

Example Activity Event Record of a CREATE TABLE Statement

Following is an example of a CREATE TABLE event.

{ "type":"DatabaseActivityMonitoringRecord", "clusterId":"cluster-4HNY5V4RRNPKKYB7ICFKE5JBQQ", "instanceId":"db-FZJTMYKCXQBUUZ6VLU7NW3ITCM", "databaseActivityEventList":[ { "logTime": "2019-05-24 00:36:54.494235+00", "statementId": 2, "substatementId": 1, "objectType": null, "command": "CREATE TABLE", "objectName": null, "databaseName": "postgres", "dbUserName": "rdsadmin", "remoteHost": "", "remotePort": "34534", "sessionId": "5ce73c6f.7e64", "rowCount": null, "commandText": "create table my_table (id serial primary key, name varchar(32));", "paramList": [], "pid": 32356, "clientApplication": "psql", "exitCode": null, "class": "DDL", "serverVersion": "2.3.1", "serverType": "PostgreSQL", "serviceName": "Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL-Compatible edition", "serverHost": "", "netProtocol": "TCP", "dbProtocol": "Postgres 3.0", "type": "record" } ] }

Example Activity Event Record of a SELECT Statement

Following is an example of a SELECT event.

{ "type":"DatabaseActivityMonitoringRecord", "clusterId":"cluster-4HNY5V4RRNPKKYB7ICFKE5JBQQ", "instanceId":"db-FZJTMYKCXQBUUZ6VLU7NW3ITCM", "databaseActivityEventList":[ { "logTime": "2019-05-24 00:39:49.940668+00", "statementId": 6, "substatementId": 1, "objectType": "TABLE", "command": "SELECT", "objectName": "public.my_table", "databaseName": "postgres", "dbUserName": "rdsadmin", "remoteHost": "", "remotePort": "34534", "sessionId": "5ce73c6f.7e64", "rowCount": 10, "commandText": "select * from my_table;", "paramList": [], "pid": 32356, "clientApplication": "psql", "exitCode": null, "class": "READ", "serverVersion": "2.3.1", "serverType": "PostgreSQL", "serviceName": "Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL-Compatible edition", "serverHost": "", "netProtocol": "TCP", "dbProtocol": "Postgres 3.0", "type": "record" } ] }

Activity Event Record

The audit log activity event record is a JSON object that contains the following information.

JSON Field Data Type Description



The type of JSON record. The value is DatabaseActivityMonitoringRecord.

clusterId string The DB cluster ID
instanceId string The DB instance ID.



A JSON object encrypted as a base64 byte array. Take the following steps to decrypt this content:

  1. Decrypt the value in the key JSON field using the database activity stream's master key.

  2. Decrypt the databaseActivityEventList object using the decrypted key from step 1.

databaseActivityEventList JSON Array

The audit log payload is an encrypted databaseActivityEventList JSON array. The following table lists alphabetically the fields for each activity event in the decrypted DatabaseActivityEventList array of an audit log.

Field Data Type Description
class string

The class of activity event. Valid values are the following:

  • ALL

  • CONNECT – A connect or disconnect event.

  • DDL – A DDL statement that is not included in the list of statements for the ROLE class.

  • FUNCTION – A function call or a DO block.

  • MISC – A miscellaneous command such as DISCARD, FETCH, CHECKPOINT, or VACUUM.

  • NONE

  • READ – A SELECT or COPY statement when the source is a relation or a query.

  • ROLE – A statement related to roles and privileges including GRANT, REVOKE, and CREATE/ALTER/DROP ROLE.

  • WRITE – An INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, TRUNCATE, or COPY statement when the destination is a relation.

clientApplication string The application the client used to connect as reported by the client. The client doesn't have to provide this information, so the value can be null.
command string The name of the SQL command without any command details.
commandText string

The actual SQL statement passed in by the user. This field is used for all types of records except for connect or disconnect records, in which case the value is null.

Sensitive Data

The full SQL text is visible including any sensitive data. However, database user passwords are redacted if they can be determined from the context, such as in the following SQL statement.

ALTER ROLE role-name WITH password
databaseName string The database to which the user connected.
dbProtocol string The database protocol.
dbUserName string The database user with which the client authenticated.
exitCode int A value used for a session exit record. On a clean exit, this contains the exit code. An exit code can't always be obtained in some failure scenarios. Examples are if PostgreSQL does an exit() or if an operator performs a command such as kill -9.
logTime string A timestamp as recorded in the auditing code path.
netProtocol string The network communication protocol.
objectName string The name of the database object if the SQL statement is operating on one. This field is used only where the SQL statement operates on a database object. If the SQL statement is not operating on an object, this value is null.
objectType string The database object type such as table, index, view, and so on. This field is used only where the SQL statement operates on a database object. If the SQL statement is not operating on an object, this value is null. Valid values include the following:








  • VIEW


paramList string An array of comma-separated parameters passed to the SQL statement. If the SQL statement has no parameters, this value is an empty array.
pid int The process ID of the backend process that is allocated for serving the client connection.
remoteHost string Either the client IP address or hostname, depending on the database's log_hostname parameter setting.
remotePort string The client port number.
rowCount int The number of table rows affected or retrieved by the SQL statement. This field is used only for SQL statements that are data manipulation language (DML) statements. If the SQL statement is not a DML statement, this value is null.
serverHost string The database server host IP address.
serverType string The database server type, for example PostgreSQL.
serverVersion string The database server version.
serviceName string The name of the service, for example Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL-Compatible edition.
sessionId int A pseudo-unique session identifier.
statementId int An ID for the client's SQL statement. The counter is at the session level and increments with each SQL statement entered by the client.
substatementId int An ID for a SQL substatement. This value counts the contained substatements for each SQL statement identified by the statementId field.
type string The event type. Valid values are record or heartbeat.

Processing an Activity Stream using the AWS SDK

You can programmatically process an activity stream by using the AWS SDK. The following are fully functioning Java and Python examples of how you might process the Kinesis data stream.

import; import; import; import; import java.nio.ByteBuffer; import java.nio.charset.StandardCharsets; import; import; import; import java.util.HashMap; import java.util.List; import java.util.Map; import java.util.UUID; import; import javax.crypto.Cipher; import javax.crypto.NoSuchPaddingException; import javax.crypto.spec.SecretKeySpec; import com.amazonaws.auth.AWSStaticCredentialsProvider; import com.amazonaws.auth.BasicAWSCredentials; import com.amazonaws.encryptionsdk.AwsCrypto; import com.amazonaws.encryptionsdk.CryptoInputStream; import com.amazonaws.encryptionsdk.jce.JceMasterKey; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import; import com.amazonaws.util.Base64; import com.amazonaws.util.IOUtils; import; import; import; import org.bouncycastle.jce.provider.BouncyCastleProvider; public class DemoConsumer { private static final String STREAM_NAME = "aws-rds-das-[cluster-external-resource-id]"; private static final String APPLICATION_NAME = "AnyApplication"; //unique application name for dynamo table generation that holds kinesis shard tracking private static final String AWS_ACCESS_KEY = "[AWS_ACCESS_KEY_TO_ACCESS_KINESIS]"; private static final String AWS_SECRET_KEY = "[AWS_SECRET_KEY_TO_ACCESS_KINESIS]"; private static final String DBC_RESOURCE_ID = "[cluster-external-resource-id]"; private static final String REGION_NAME = "[region-name]"; //us-east-1, us-east-2... private static final BasicAWSCredentials CREDENTIALS = new BasicAWSCredentials(AWS_ACCESS_KEY, AWS_SECRET_KEY); private static final AWSStaticCredentialsProvider CREDENTIALS_PROVIDER = new AWSStaticCredentialsProvider(CREDENTIALS); private static final AwsCrypto CRYPTO = new AwsCrypto(); private static final AWSKMS KMS = AWSKMSClientBuilder.standard() .withRegion(REGION_NAME) .withCredentials(CREDENTIALS_PROVIDER).build(); class Activity { String type; String version; String databaseActivityEvents; String key; } class ActivityEvent { @SerializedName("class") String _class; String clientApplication; String command; String commandText; String databaseName; String dbProtocol; String dbUserName; String exitCode; String logTime; String netProtocol; String objectName; String objectType; List<String> paramList; String pid; String remoteHost; String remotePort; String rowCount; String serverHost; String serverType; String serverVersion; String serviceName; String sessionId; String statementId; String substatementId; String type; } class ActivityRecords { String type; String clusterId; String instanceId; List<ActivityEvent> databaseActivityEventList; } static class RecordProcessorFactory implements IRecordProcessorFactory { @Override public IRecordProcessor createProcessor() { return new RecordProcessor(); } } static class RecordProcessor implements IRecordProcessor { private static final long BACKOFF_TIME_IN_MILLIS = 3000L; private static final int PROCESSING_RETRIES_MAX = 10; private static final long CHECKPOINT_INTERVAL_MILLIS = 60000L; private static final Gson GSON = new GsonBuilder().serializeNulls().create(); private static final Cipher CIPHER; static { Security.insertProviderAt(new BouncyCastleProvider(), 1); try { CIPHER = Cipher.getInstance("AES/GCM/NoPadding", "BC"); } catch (NoSuchAlgorithmException | NoSuchPaddingException | NoSuchProviderException e) { throw new ExceptionInInitializerError(e); } } private long nextCheckpointTimeInMillis; @Override public void initialize(String shardId) { } @Override public void processRecords(final List<Record> records, final IRecordProcessorCheckpointer checkpointer) { for (final Record record : records) { processSingleBlob(record.getData()); } if (System.currentTimeMillis() > nextCheckpointTimeInMillis) { checkpoint(checkpointer); nextCheckpointTimeInMillis = System.currentTimeMillis() + CHECKPOINT_INTERVAL_MILLIS; } } @Override public void shutdown(IRecordProcessorCheckpointer checkpointer, ShutdownReason reason) { if (reason == ShutdownReason.TERMINATE) { checkpoint(checkpointer); } } private void processSingleBlob(final ByteBuffer bytes) { try { // JSON $Activity final Activity activity = GSON.fromJson(new String(bytes.array(), StandardCharsets.UTF_8), Activity.class); // Base64.Decode final byte[] decoded = Base64.decode(activity.databaseActivityEvents); final byte[] decodedDataKey = Base64.decode(activity.key); Map<String, String> context = new HashMap<>(); context.put("aws:rds:dbc-id", DBC_RESOURCE_ID); // Decrypt final DecryptRequest decryptRequest = new DecryptRequest() .withCiphertextBlob(ByteBuffer.wrap(decodedDataKey)).withEncryptionContext(context); final DecryptResult decryptResult = KMS.decrypt(decryptRequest); final byte[] decrypted = decrypt(decoded, getByteArray(decryptResult.getPlaintext())); // GZip Decompress final byte[] decompressed = decompress(decrypted); // JSON $ActivityRecords final ActivityRecords activityRecords = GSON.fromJson(new String(decompressed, StandardCharsets.UTF_8), ActivityRecords.class); // Iterate throught $ActivityEvents for (final ActivityEvent event : activityRecords.databaseActivityEventList) { System.out.println(GSON.toJson(event)); } } catch (Exception e) { // Handle error. e.printStackTrace(); } } private static byte[] decompress(final byte[] src) throws IOException { ByteArrayInputStream byteArrayInputStream = new ByteArrayInputStream(src); GZIPInputStream gzipInputStream = new GZIPInputStream(byteArrayInputStream); return IOUtils.toByteArray(gzipInputStream); } private void checkpoint(IRecordProcessorCheckpointer checkpointer) { for (int i = 0; i < PROCESSING_RETRIES_MAX; i++) { try { checkpointer.checkpoint(); break; } catch (ShutdownException se) { // Ignore checkpoint if the processor instance has been shutdown (fail over). System.out.println("Caught shutdown exception, skipping checkpoint." + se); break; } catch (ThrottlingException e) { // Backoff and re-attempt checkpoint upon transient failures if (i >= (PROCESSING_RETRIES_MAX - 1)) { System.out.println("Checkpoint failed after " + (i + 1) + "attempts." + e); break; } else { System.out.println("Transient issue when checkpointing - attempt " + (i + 1) + " of " + PROCESSING_RETRIES_MAX + e); } } catch (InvalidStateException e) { // This indicates an issue with the DynamoDB table (check for table, provisioned IOPS). System.out.println("Cannot save checkpoint to the DynamoDB table used by the Amazon Kinesis Client Library." + e); break; } try { Thread.sleep(BACKOFF_TIME_IN_MILLIS); } catch (InterruptedException e) { System.out.println("Interrupted sleep" + e); } } } } private static byte[] decrypt(final byte[] decoded, final byte[] decodedDataKey) throws IOException { // Create a JCE master key provider using the random key and an AES-GCM encryption algorithm final JceMasterKey masterKey = JceMasterKey.getInstance(new SecretKeySpec(decodedDataKey, "AES"), "BC", "DataKey", "AES/GCM/NoPadding"); try (final CryptoInputStream<JceMasterKey> decryptingStream = CRYPTO.createDecryptingStream(masterKey, new ByteArrayInputStream(decoded)); final ByteArrayOutputStream out = new ByteArrayOutputStream()) { IOUtils.copy(decryptingStream, out); return out.toByteArray(); } } public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception { final String workerId = InetAddress.getLocalHost().getCanonicalHostName() + ":" + UUID.randomUUID(); final KinesisClientLibConfiguration kinesisClientLibConfiguration = new KinesisClientLibConfiguration(APPLICATION_NAME, STREAM_NAME, CREDENTIALS_PROVIDER, workerId); kinesisClientLibConfiguration.withInitialPositionInStream(InitialPositionInStream.LATEST); kinesisClientLibConfiguration.withRegionName(REGION_NAME); final Worker worker = new Builder() .recordProcessorFactory(new RecordProcessorFactory()) .config(kinesisClientLibConfiguration) .build(); System.out.printf("Running %s to process stream %s as worker %s...\n", APPLICATION_NAME, STREAM_NAME, workerId); try {; } catch (Throwable t) { System.err.println("Caught throwable while processing data."); t.printStackTrace(); System.exit(1); } System.exit(0); } private static byte[] getByteArray(final ByteBuffer b) { byte[] byteArray = new byte[b.remaining()]; b.get(byteArray); return byteArray; } }
import base64 import json import zlib import aws_encryption_sdk from aws_encryption_sdk.internal.crypto import WrappingKey from aws_encryption_sdk.key_providers.raw import RawMasterKeyProvider from aws_encryption_sdk.identifiers import WrappingAlgorithm, EncryptionKeyType import boto3 REGION_NAME = '<region>' # us-east-1 RESOURCE_ID = '<external-resource-id>' # cluster-ABCD123456 STREAM_NAME = 'aws-rds-das-' + RESOURCE_ID # aws-rds-das-cluster-ABCD123456 class MyRawMasterKeyProvider(RawMasterKeyProvider): provider_id = "BC" def __new__(cls, *args, **kwargs): obj = super(RawMasterKeyProvider, cls).__new__(cls) return obj def __init__(self, plain_key): RawMasterKeyProvider.__init__(self) self.wrapping_key = WrappingKey(wrapping_algorithm=WrappingAlgorithm.AES_256_GCM_IV12_TAG16_NO_PADDING, wrapping_key=plain_key, wrapping_key_type=EncryptionKeyType.SYMMETRIC) def _get_raw_key(self, key_id): return self.wrapping_key def decrypt_payload(payload, data_key): my_key_provider = MyRawMasterKeyProvider(data_key) my_key_provider.add_master_key("DataKey") decrypted_plaintext, header = aws_encryption_sdk.decrypt( source=payload, materials_manager=aws_encryption_sdk.DefaultCryptoMaterialsManager(master_key_provider=my_key_provider)) return decrypted_plaintext def decrypt_decompress(payload, key): decrypted = decrypt_payload(payload, key) return zlib.decompress(decrypted, zlib.MAX_WBITS + 1) def main(): session = boto3.session.Session() kms = session.client('kms', region_name=REGION_NAME) kinesis = session.client('kinesis', region_name=REGION_NAME) response = kinesis.describe_stream(StreamName=STREAM_NAME) shard_iters = [] for shard in response['StreamDescription']['Shards']: shard_iter_response = kinesis.get_shard_iterator(StreamName=STREAM_NAME, ShardId=shard['ShardId'], ShardIteratorType='LATEST') shard_iters.append(shard_iter_response['ShardIterator']) while len(shard_iters) > 0: next_shard_iters = [] for shard_iter in shard_iters: response = kinesis.get_records(ShardIterator=shard_iter, Limit=10000) for record in response['Records']: record_data = record['Data'] record_data = json.loads(record_data) payload_decoded = base64.b64decode(record_data['databaseActivityEvents']) data_key_decoded = base64.b64decode(record_data['key']) data_key_decrypt_result = kms.decrypt(CiphertextBlob=data_key_decoded, EncryptionContext={'aws:rds:dbc-id': RESOURCE_ID}) print decrypt_decompress(payload_decoded, data_key_decrypt_result['Plaintext']) if 'NextShardIterator' in response: next_shard_iters.append(response['NextShardIterator']) shard_iters = next_shard_iters if __name__ == '__main__': main()

Managing Access to Database Activity Streams

Any user with appropriate AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role privileges for Database Activity Streams can create, start, stop, and modify the activity stream settings for a DB cluster. These actions are included in the audit log of the stream. For best compliance practices, we recommend that you don't provide these privileges to DBAs.

You set access to Database Activity Streams using IAM policies. For more information about Aurora authentication, see Identity and Access Management in Amazon Aurora. For more information about creating IAM policies, see Creating and Using an IAM Policy for IAM Database Access.

Example Policy to Allow Configuring Database Activity Streams

To give users fine-grained access to modify activity streams, use the service-specific operation context key rds:ConfigureDBActivityStreams in an IAM policy. The following IAM policy example allows a user or role to configure activity streams.

{ "Version":"2012-10-17", "Statement":[ { "Sid":"ConfigureActivityStreams", "Effect":"Allow", "Action": [ "rds:StartActivityStream", "rds:StopActivityStream" ], "Resource":"*", } ] }

Example Policy to Allow Starting Database Activity Streams

The following IAM policy example allows a user or role to start activity streams.

{ "Version":"2012-10-17", "Statement":[ { "Sid":"AllowStartActivityStreams", "Effect":"Allow", "Action":"rds:StartActivityStream", "Resource":"*" } ] }

Example Policy to Allow Stopping Database Activity Streams

The following IAM policy example allows a user or role to stop activity streams.

{ "Version":"2012-10-17", "Statement":[ { "Sid":"AllowStopActivityStreams", "Effect":"Allow", "Action":"rds:StopActivityStream", "Resource":"*" } ] }

Example Policy to Deny Starting Database Activity Streams

The following IAM policy example denies a user or role from starting activity streams.

{ "Version":"2012-10-17", "Statement":[ { "Sid":"DenyStartActivityStreams", "Effect":"Deny", "Action":"rds:StartActivityStream", "Resource":"*" } ] }

Example Policy to Deny Stopping Database Activity Streams

The following IAM policy example denies a user or role from stopping activity streams.

{ "Version":"2012-10-17", "Statement":[ { "Sid":"DenyStopActivityStreams", "Effect":"Deny", "Action":"rds:StopActivityStream", "Resource":"*" } ] }